WordPress Theme Frameworks

For web designers who may want to use WordPress as a robust content management system, might want to review some of the newer WordPress theme frameworks that are available.

Theme frameworks are not particularily new as the Sandbox theme has been a standard for taking the basics of a WordPress page and then adding theme information (CSS) to the basic structure.

But some recent frameworks are more sophisticated and aimed at making the CMS features of WordPress easier to work with when there is a lot of development to do or a designer is responsible for creating a lot of WordPress sites for customers.

As in other programming and markup environments (JavaScript, CSS, AJax, etc.) a framework is a completely coded theme that can serve as the base for many projects. Often the framework can be added to (as with several WP theme frameworks) with child themes – a way of changing the look and function of the base framework, yet using its many resources. (Justin Tadlock)

Tadlock’s article “Why I created a WordPress theme framework“, provides a good understanding of WordPress theme frameworks. Of the theme frameworks I have reviewed [Thematic, Vanilla, Hybrid, and Carrington] I think there are some creative uses of these products. I particularly like the Carrington framework, even though I have not completed a child theme with it. But if you need to save time, but also have time to learn the framework, these could be valuable assets in creating solid WP based websites.

Links to each of the frameworks mentioned and others are located on the WordPress Theme Frameworks link stated above. By the way, I forgot to mention that these frameworks are free – as in open source. Thematic does offer commercial versions but it freely offers the base framework.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lindsey Norman
    Feb 12, 2009 @ 09:17:40

    Hey thanks for pointing out the new theme frameworks to me, I think these could be really useful for my project. I was drawn to the Carrington framework as well. And I am particularly grateful that it’s open source. I am going to dig around this stuff this week. Thanks again!


    • Wayne
      Feb 12, 2009 @ 11:33:03

      Lindsey, I hope you find some new dimensions here, as this looks like a great way to learn more about the potential of WordPress as a development environment where you can offer clients perhaps more than you could without it. Let me know how it goes for you!


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